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Wed
04
Dec

Nimitz Museum will hold Pearl Harbor remembrance

The National Museum of the Pacific War will honor the veterans who served or gave their lives at Pearl Harbor in a ceremony of remembrance on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 12:25 p.m., in the museum’s Memorial Court Yard.

The time coincides with the Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time of 8:25 a.m., Dec. 7, 1941, when the attacks began.

The Japanese air invasion of the headquarters of America’s Pacific Fleet led to the U.S. declaring war on Japan and entering World War II.

Keynote speaker for this year’s event will be U.S. Army Major General (Ret.) Alfred A. Valenzuela. The program will include a wreath laying, rifle salute and a flyover by World War II aircraft.

Valenzuela served as the Commander of United States Army South from July 2000 to October 2003. He has served many assignments in three Corps (3rd, 7th and 18th) and four Infantry Divisions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 10th) and also with the 1st Armored Division.

Wed
04
Dec

It's 'full speed ahead' as TxDOT raises limits


QUICK TRIP -- Traversing Gillespie County's major highways will be even faster soon since the state has decided to raise local speed limits on stretches of highway from 70 to 75 miles per hour. -- Standard-Radio Post/Lisa Treiber-Walter

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

Motorists making their way around Gillespie County will soon be able to really “hit the pedal to the metal.”

All stretches of roads in this county currently limited to 70 miles per hour (mph) will, at some point in December, see all those white-and-black speed limit box signs swapped out to reveal a faster legal limit of 75 mph.

Affected in Gillespie County will be the north and south portions of Texas Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 87, as well as U.S. Highway 290, which spans east and west through Fredericksburg and the entirety of the county.

Change is news

The hike in the speed limit came as news to local law enforcement entities, who will be taxed with enforcing the new speed, as well as the local Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) maintenance division, who will be charged with installing and maintaining the signs.

Wed
04
Dec

City eyes tighter water restrictions

By Matt Ward —

With drought conditions expected to continue across Texas indefinitely, the Fredericksburg City Council began examining possible changes to its existing watering restrictions during its regular meeting Monday.

“We truly are in water conservation mode across the state right now,” Clinton Bailey, city director of public works and utilities, said. “People have a hard time remembering what stage we’re in. I really want to come up with something that fits Fredericksburg, that’s enforceable, that’s understandable to the public and makes sense.”

Currently, city residents are under Stage 4 water restrictions, which limit outdoor watering to one day per week. Stage 4 water restrictions have been in place since July 2011.

No action was taken on enacting any changes Monday as city staff plans to prepare a draft ordinance on potential changes to watering restrictions for review at an upcoming meeting.

Wed
04
Dec

Holiday Home Tour returns for 56th year

Historic homes, properties and landmarks in the Cherry Spring community will be featured as part of the Gillespie County Historical Society’s 56th Annual Holiday Home Tour on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Tour hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Proceeds from the tour support Pioneer Museum.

“This year it’s going to be a historic tour, a step back in time to see properties constructed around the 1880s,” said Gladys Frels, Home Tour co-chairman. “Guests will learn more about the history of the area and tour historic private homes in the community of Cherry Spring.”

She added, “The Christmas decorations will be over the top.”

Those taking the self-guided tour this year can learn more about the history of the area and tour historic private homes in the community of Cherry Spring, located about 18 miles northwest of Fredericksburg.

Wed
04
Dec

4 Proches to debut Dec. 7 with CD release, concert


THE 4 PROCHES are, from left, Asa, Ezra, Liza and Beecher.

A Hill Country family quartet — The 4 Proches — will be the focus of a CD release celebration and concert this Saturday, Dec. 7.

The event will be from 5-7 p.m. at Woerner Warehouse, 305 South Lincoln Street.

Signed copies of the group’s first album “Wayfaring Stranger” will be available for purchase, as will the culinary creations of proprietor, Angela Mancino.

The Proch family will perform several tracks from their new CD.

In addition to their CD release, the Proches will play a benefit for African orphans with the English Brothers in Boerne on Sunday, Dec. 8, as well as in the Fredericksburg Realty’s “Christmas on Main” concert series planned Saturday, Dec. 14, in downtown Fredericksburg.

Included in the family are Asa, 10, a mandolin player and percussionist; Liza, 14, vocalist; Ezra, 17, on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Beecher, 20, on piano as the lead vocalist and songwriter.

Wed
04
Dec

FTC to stage 'Sanders Family Christmas'

Tickets are now on sale for “Sanders Family Christmas”, a Fredericksburg Theater Company musical comedy about the fictional Sanders Family Singers during the start of World War II.

Advance tickets are $20 for adults, $5.50 for youth 18 and under. Tickets purchased at the door are $25 for adults and $7.50 for youth 18 and under. For group discounts or for more information, contact the box office at 830-997-3588.

Set on the evening of Dec. 24, 1941 at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant, N.C., a little over two weeks after America entered World War II, “Sanders Family Christmas” is a continuing tale of the gospel-singing family of the 1930s and 1940s.

Show dates are Dec. 12-22.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee performances will be at 2 p.m.

Wed
04
Dec

Chorale to sing annual Christmas concert Saturday

Featuring works on celestial themes, the Fredericksburg Chorale will present its Christmas concert, “A Star in the East,” on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Performances will be at 3 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. in St.  Joseph’s Halle.

The Avenue Children’s Choir will join the chorale, as well.

Both groups are directed by Mark Hierholzer.

A cantata of American carols, such as “I Wonder as I Wander” and “Rise Up, Shepherds, and Follow” will be sung by both choirs and will be joined by a string quartet.

As well, a composition by Hierholzer, “Harmonies of the World,” will be sung.

Each movement of this work is based on pitches the 16th century astronomer Johannes Kepler derived from the movement of the six known planets of his time, Hierholzer explained.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s motet, “Jesu Meine Freude” will be presented a capella by the chorale. 

Wed
04
Dec

Canto Chamber Choir slates annual Yule Concert Monday

“Christmas Remembered” is the theme for the Canto Chamber Choir’s 10th annual Christmas Concert to benefit The Good Samaritan Center on Monday, Dec. 9.

The concert will be held at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

General admission tickets are $25 and available at four locations around Fredericksburg, including The Good Samaritan Center, Grasshopper and Wild Honey, Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Hill Country Evangelical Free Church.

For tickets by phone, persons can call The Good Samaritan Center at 830-990-8651.

The “Christmas Remembered” concert will feature a mixture of scripture readings and songs sung by the choir along with some audience participation.

Jerry Neuenschwander will direct this year’s Christmas concert.

The concert will include popular and religious songs, combined with scriptures and readings between a grandfather (John Hierholzer) and his granddaughter (Madison Brantley). 

Wed
04
Dec

Kinderfest tradition to continue Saturday at Pioneer Museum

A Christmas holiday tradition — Kinderfest — will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Hosted by the Gillespie County Historical Society, the annual event will be held at Pioneer Museum, 325 West Main Street.

Admission is free for children 10 and under accompanied by a paid adult.

Children are invited to bring their Christmas stockings from 1:30-2 p.m. to hang above the hearth inside the museum’s historic Kammlah House.

From there, visitors will be escorted to the nearby Historical Society social hall to sing Christmas carols and enjoy storytelling from 2-3 p.m.

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Tue
26
Nov

City, co-op spar over providing power to jail

By Lisa Treiber-Walter —

A literal struggle for power is emerging between two providers who want to supply electricity to the new Gillespie County Jail.

Robert A. (Bob) Loth III, Central Texas Electric Co-operative (CTEC) chief executive officer, was on hand Monday morning to present to county commissioners a proposal he said would offer “substantial” cost savings to local taxpayers now and for years to come.

The new $15 million bond-approved, two-story jail facility is being constructed behind the existing Gillespie County Law Enforcement Center (LEC), 1601 East Main Street, and is expected to open at the end of 2014.

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